The Evening: NK Options, Iraq Actions, Carpool Karaoke and More
September 26, 2017
It's Tuesday, September 26th.
North Korea Options
President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday that any U.S. military option would be “devastating” for Pyongyang, but he said the use of force was not Washington’s first option to deal with the country’s ballistic and nuclear weapons program, as Reuters’ Steve Holland and Idress Ali report.
And, the Washington Post’s Anna Fifield reports today that North Korea has been quietly trying to arrange talks with Republican-linked analysts in Washington, in an apparent attempt to make sense of President Trump and his messages to Kim Jong Un’s regime.
Dive Deeper: See yesterday’s address at CSIS by South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.
See the US-Korea Institute at John’s Hopkins 38 North column, “Let’s all take a deep breath.”
Action in Iraq
Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday, angered by a vote on independence by his nation’s Kurdish minority, gave the country’s Kurdish region until Friday to surrender control of its two international airports or face a shutdown of international flights, as the New York Times’ David Zucchino reports.
Dive Deeper: See IISS’s Emile Hokayem on “Neighbors ready to block Kurdish independence.”
Three Israeli’s were killed by a Palestinian gunman at a West Bank crossing, as the New York Times’ Isabel Kershner reports.
Dive Deeper: See the Washington Institute’s “Toward a New Paradigm for Addressing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” by David Makovsky and Dennis Ross.
In That Number
In nine months, Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive.
“There cannot be another war in the region.”
— Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of South Korea yesterday at CSIS.
This graphic measures North Korea’s nuclear tests since 2006 by yield and magnitude. Learn more about North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities with Missile Threat.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.) People sit in their apartment after the window was blown out by the winds of Hurricane Maria.
If you read one thing about North Korea, make it Evan Osnos’ dispatch from Pyongyang for the New Yorker: “The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea."
This Town Tomorrow
Join the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies at 4:00 p.m. for a discussion on the state of American business in China, featuring American business executives operating on the front lines there.
At 4:30 p.m., the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) will host the fifth and final debate in a series on nuclear challenges and policy decisions facing the Trump administration. This time, panelists will debate the future of the U.S.-Russia Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
And, at 9:00 a.m., the Atlantic Council will host a discussion, “A Twenty-first Century Arms Race.”
Meet CFIUS —the body that balances national security and an open economy.
The CSIS Americas Program just launched a new podcast, “35 West,” for the latest news on the political, economic, and security challenges in the Western Hemisphere.
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